The heat is picking up outside, which means outdoor dining can sometimes take a back seat (at least here in Mississippi). While summer is great for barbecues and hanging poolside, we can only take beaming sun and steamy pavement for so long. The beauty of outdoor entertaining isn’t quite as lovely when we’re sweaty and mosquitoes are rampant. Plus, we all know Southern women don’t like to sweat. So, while we love summer and all its glory, let’s take a moment to appreciate it, then be wise and prepare for bringing that summer entertaining indoors.
We’ve discovered a few key ways you can make everything inside your home seem as enjoyable as those cool spring and fall evenings we love so much. Transitioning your home for outdoor living can be easy following a few inexpensive tips. Let’s face it, everyone usually ends up in the kitchen anyway, right? So, rather than spinning your wheels and emptying our pocketbooks, invest a little to spice up the summer. Here are a few tips to help you prepare for summer entertaining.
1. Use your Outdoor Furniture Inside
Outdoor furniture is basic and typically neutral, so it can be a great to mix with your indoor furniture. Take that bench, outdoor chair or accent table and bring it inside! Rattan and wicker are making a comeback, too, so if you have any of that in storage, grab some paint and bring it to life.
2. Keep Fresh Flowers in Your Home
Take that old terracotta pot or a vase with a fun summer pattern and make it a masterpiece, exchanging flowers every so often to keep something bright at the center of your table.
Pick out a few bright throw pillows, pillow covers or blanket with summer pattern for your living room couch.
4. Summer Dishes
Grab some inexpensive melamine dishes with a fun pattern, and use them all summer long. Keep them on your dining room table to add some color during the summer.
To help you get in the summer spirit, we are offering dining tables, linens, bar stools – all you need for your summer entertaining - at 25% off this weekend only. Don’t stress about summer! Get a jump start by heading over to Rubies, and let us help you make your home a place to relax and enjoy the longer days and great memories that come along with this season.